Continuing the line of lightweight training shoes for ladies, the Nike Flex TR 9 comes is a refreshed design for upgraded looks and performance. This shoe is crafted for low-impact yet intensive exercises such as circuit training. Created to be light and highly flexible, the trainer offers a secure foot containment without hindering the natural movement.
The Flex TR 9 from Nike is created for the shape and size of a female foot and, thus, is offered in women’s sizes only. The available range comes in both full and half sizes, from US 5 to 12. The shoe can be purchased in a standard B - Medium width. It tends to run true to size and fit, so it is safe to select your regular training shoe size when purchasing.
The platform of the Flex TR 9 is made of a single unit called Nike Flex. It is engineered to be responsive and flexible, and yet durable enough to serve as both the midsole and the outsole. Having one component do the job for the two helps to significantly reduce the weight of the footwear.
The foam material creates a cushiony underfoot experience for the wearer. Even though it is not meant for hard, high-impact foot landings, it keeps the foot safe and sound during moderately-paced workouts.
The word “Flex” has been placed into the shoe’s name for a good reason. The bottom side of the sole features Nike’s proprietary Tri-Star groove patterns. These geometrical cut-outs make the unit expand when pressure is applied. That way, the foot receives a certain amount of impact protection along with the freedom to bend and flex in multiple directions.
Rubber pods are strategically placed in the forefoot and heel areas of the sole. They provide extra wear-resistance in these areas while also helping the foot grip the floor. Traction is further enhanced by the sharp textures found throughout the unit.
Those who favor the benefits of a lightweight and flexible Nike Flex sole can also check out the Nike Flex Supreme TR 6. This women’s trainer features the same sole design with a different upper style.
Nike has stripped down the upper of the Flex TR 9 to make it as light and breathable as possible. Now synthetic overlays are only present on the heel and around the eyelets, giving structure and protection to these areas.
The sturdy fabric heel strap wraps the rearfoot section for added support. Part of it makes a zig-zag turn under the material and then shows up at the top to form an additional eyelet for the laces. Once the shoestrings are tightened, the strap pulls up the entire hindfoot section of the shoe, enhancing support. The extended heel collar also contributes to keeping the heel securely in place throughout the movement.